Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
After bottle 3 out of the 6 pack (all sampled on different occasions, I hasten to add) I'm really warming up to this brew. I have steadily developed an appreciation of hop forward beers over the last few months, which is certainly of assistance when sampling beers by Sierra Nevada.
Maybe it's just me, but I find that all of the beers I've tried of theirs have an underlying "trademark" Sierra Nevada taste. I also detect a similar underlying taste with all Samuel Adams beers - though obviously different from the SN taste.
I found myself gulping the beer down fairly quickly at first, but it doesn't take long before the abv kicks in and applies the brakes a little.
A nice little brew this one, which initially I didn't think I was going to like very much due to an overly bitter taste, but subsequent tastings have dug out the sweetness quite nicely, and it turns out to be a lot more balanced than I first thought.
Since my original review over 2 years ago, my palate has completely transformed and evolved towards a strong preference for extremely hoppy beers. Whereas I used to favor and seek out the sweet and malty, my brain has been taken over by the quest for hops. As one who generally hates going along with the crowd, this kind of apparent sheep like behavour would normally disturb me. However, I really don't give a toss - Just give me the god damn hops!
Therefore, as SN Celebration Ale has now become one of my favorite beers, and adequately caters to my hop fix needs I have adjusted my original scoring accordingly.
The reappearance of Celebration is definitely one of the many highlights of the beer calendar.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2006 01:50:45 | More by beerogre
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